The Joy of Adoption
The other day I had a conversation with one of my co-workers. She mentioned that her sons had trouble accepting the fact that they were adopted. They rebelled against their adopted parents because they didn’t view them as their real parents. My co-worker went on to say that she would have done it all over again, but it is still difficult to accept that her sons still don’t have much respect for her and her husband. With this story in the back of my mind a sixth grade girl, and her friends, came up to me in the courtyard and began talking.
We chatted for a bit and the sixth grader mentioned that she was born in Korea and adopted. I had to ask her the question, “How does that make you feel?” I wanted to know how she viewed her adoption because of my previous conversation. Her answer surprised me, “I am excited that I’m adopted!” I asked her why and she responded saying, “Because I was chosen. Most parents don’t get to pick their kids, but mine chose me.”
I reflected on this for the entire day because it challenged me to be a person of joy. I am a chosen son of God in Jesus Christ. God chose me. Not because I was more worthy than anyone else, but because it simply pleased him to do so. Ephesians 1: 3-6 says this:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Just like that little sixth grade girl, our adoption through Jesus Christ should make us joyful . I pray that your joy will be found in God’s adoption of you through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Thanks for reading.
Posted on September 26, 2012, in Christianity, Life, Theology and tagged Adoption, Christianity, Jesus Christ, Joy, life, reformed theology, Salvation, theology, truth. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.